CO John Slatinski (International Falls #2) reports activities included slowly increasing ice fishing activity along with snowmobile and ATV use. Information was received in regards to wanton waste of a deer. The responsible party went as far as harvesting, field dressing, and skinning the deer but then discarded all the most commonly used portions of the deer intact, dumping it on the shoulder of a county road. Enforcement action was taken on various license and registration issues.
CO Troy Fondie (Orr) reports monitoring angling activities, checking snowmobile activity, and assisting the sheriff?s office with a snowmobile accident.
CO John Velsvaag (Cook) followed up on information of fishing violations and complaints from last deer season. CO Velsvaag also checked anglers on area lakes and checked bobcat trapping activity. Several people called with questions on fishing regulations.
CO Don Bozovsky (Hibbing) worked anglers and trappers, followed up on open deer cases and as a result cited a hunter for shooting a deer from the roadway. Reports were forwarded to the county attorney on a number of deer hunting cases. The officer assisted other agencies with pulling out two individuals that went through the ice on a snowmobile on an Eveleth area lake.
CO Mark Fredin (Aurora) found a few ice anglers around the area, most stated eight inches of ice was the norm. A dog was caught in a snare and owners were able to remove with no injury to the dog. Officer Fredin went to the location and found six untagged snare, all were removed. Time was spent working on background check for potential hires.